The United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) has announced the seven stops for the 2016-17 edition of its annual SuperTour, which provides a proving ground for cross-country club athletes with aspirations of competing at the highest level.
The opening period of the SuperTour is due to begin in Bozeman on December 3 and 4, followed by a stop in Silver Star on December 9 and 12.
The US Cross Country Championships in Midway, scheduled to take place from January 7 to 12, is the first of two events in period two with a stop in Truckee on January 21 and 22 the other.
Period three is made up of stops in Ishpeming, from February 17 to 19, and Hayward on February 25, when the 44th annual Slumberland American Birkebeiner - America’s largest cross-country race - is due to be held.
The series wraps up with the SuperTour Finals in Fairbanks from March 27 to April 2.
Cross-country athletes will compete in a total of 16 races across the seven stops as they look to take a step towards fulfilling their aspiration of competing on the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup tour and at the Winter Olympic Games.
The SuperTour is a series of FIS-sanctioned cross-country ski races taking place across America, produced by the USSA, together with its divisions and clubs.
It is seen as a vital piece of the USSA’s development programme, providing racing at key cross-country centres across the nation.
"The USSA has had great support from its clubs and divisions in putting together this year’s calendar," said Robert Lazzaroni, the USSA’s Nordic domestic programme director.
"We’ve rotated a few sites this year and will continue to move around in the future to get the SuperTour to new places.
"Moving the event around helps stimulate top-level racing in America."
Athletes will vie for points across the SuperTour to earn Continental Cup and World Cup starts.
There will also be spots available for the 2017 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti in Finland, scheduled for February 21 to March 5.
They are due to be awarded after the conclusion of January’s US Cross Country Championships.